It’s 2:15 a.m., you’re in bed alone and you’re woken by the phone.
Your eyes are wide and your body tense before it has completed so much as a single ring. And as you wake, in the tiny moment between sleep and consciousness, you know already that something is wrong.
Only someone bad would call at such an hour. Or someone good, but with bad news, which would probably be worse.
You lie there in the darkness and wait for the answer machine to kick in. Your own voice sounds strange as it tells you that nobody is there but that a message can be left.
You feel your heart beat. You listen. And then you hear the one voice in the world you least expect . . . your very own Blast From the Past.
©2011 Ben Elton (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
Witty, funny, satirical, topical, intelligent as always. Even though I'm not particularly interested in American military goings-on I read/listen to everything Ben writes and enjoyed this one as much as all the others. Never found a subject he can't make entertaining.
Narration not great though - the male lead sounded nothing but sinister in a kind of camp,comedy fake way - kept reminding me of the actor who plays the guy in the wheelchair on Family Guy.
As ever this is a tightly pulled together piece of work by Ben Elton; comedy, observation and politics in equal measures. Feels rather like a draught stageplay, which keeps the structure especially tight.
Anyway, the main reason i am prompted to submit a review (something not done before), was that the narration was outstanding. The very different voices were wonderful without veering into stagey. If you like clearly delineated voices this is one for you (If this is your thing can i recommend Mark Gattiss's brilliant OTT reading of his novel 'The Vesuvius Club', which is still my favourite in this respect.)
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